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    With around half the global population (approx 3.5 billion people) now using the Internet, the online space can be considered a parallel universe with smartphones, or mobile apps to be more precise, working as the portal through which they can access virtually limitless content and services. And while those services remain the same for all users, the divide between mobile platforms means businesses have to repeat their investment for the same application for two different class of devices. After all, it’s not like Uber or Amazon offer different kinds of cabs or sell different kinds of products to iOS and Android users, but still, they need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to make separate apps for them.

     

    And while that’s pocket-change for such large enterprises, it can be the difference between a viable business and an unfeasible bet for small players. That’s where cross-platform applications step in. Not only can they save those valuable dollars by eliminating the need for two native applications, but building them is also comparatively quicker and cheaper. Out of many available, these are the top 5 frameworks you should prefer for creating cross-platform apps:

     

    1. React Native

    Build by Facebook and having a large community backing owing to its open source tag, React Native is one of the fastest growing mobile technology. The prospect that you can create a full-scale hybrid application with native features using only JavaScrip and third-party components, has made this the first choice for developers across the board. If you have ever used applications like Airbnb, UberEats, or Myntra, you already have witnessed the competence of this framework.

     

    2. Xamarin

    Currently owned by Microsoft, Xamarin is arguably the framework that kick-started the entire cross-platform app development domain and is still one of the most capable tools for the purpose. One of the key benefits of using this framework is the access to its rich collection of native libraries that is consistently updated to include new features as soon as they are introduced by iOS or Android.

     

    3. Ionic

    Currently in this third release (Ionic 3), Ionic is an open source SDK that uses web technologies like HTML5, CSS, SaaS, among others to create native-like cross-platform applications. Developed and largely maintained under MIT open source project and a global community of developers, the platform has seen drastic improvements since last year with the addition of multiple libraries and native components. Built on top of AngularJS, it can be used to create a common codebase for the proposed application, which is then given a native shell using Apache Cordova to have the complete feel and functionality of a native application.  

     

    4. OnsenUI

    Ever since its initial release in 2013, OnsenUI has been a popular choice for creating a hybrid application using web-based technologies. But its latest version 2 release has given it a distinct position among all frameworks. With it, OnsenUI is now a Javascript-agnostic framework. That is if you want you can couple any JS-based framework to create applications as per your specifications but that isn’t required. Even without any JavaScript, your application can be developed just as easily.

     

    5. NativeScript

    If you are well-versed in web technologies like JavaScript, TypeScript, and Angular, this is possibly the best option you have got. We say well-versed because the only complain that developers have this platform is that its documentation isn’t as thorough as one would expect. But if you are willing to hire a proficient developer, NativeScript can deliver native interface for individual platforms through a common codebase and its vast library of native components will also come handy for accessing native functionalities like accessing camera and microphone.

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